The US Environmental Protection agency has made revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule for drinking water. Within these revisions is the requirement for all water providers to develop an inventory of all service lines in their systems to identify potential sampling locations and to better communicate with households that are or may be served by lead service lines to inform them of the actions they may take to reduce their risks. In order for us to complete this requirement, we are asking for your help! We are asking all customers to provide information about your water service. Click the link “Water Service Self Check” on the left sidebar for instructions about the information that is needed.
Once we have this information, we will be creating a digital map of the Town and you will be able to look up your home and confirm the information you provided. In the meantime, if you are concerned about the potential for lead in your drinking water, here are some steps you can use to minimize your risk of exposure:
- Use only cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula. Hot water dissolves lead more quickly.
- Flush your pipes any time water has been unused for more than 4-6 hours. Lead levels are highest when water has been sitting in the pipe. Run your cold water for 3 to 5 minutes to ensure complete flushing.
- Routinely clean faucet screens which can accumulate lead and rust particles.
- Use a water filter that is certified NSF 53 to remove lead. Find out more at www.nsf.org